At Perrymount, we want our children to be masters of technology since technology will play a pivotal role in their lives. We want to model and educate our children on how to use technology positively, responsibly, and safely. We want our children to be creators not consumers and our broad curriculum encompassed computer science, information technology and digital literacy reflects this. It is our intention that the computing curriculum will enable our children to become digitally literate: to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to fully participate in modern culture. E-safety and being safe online is paramount to our ever-changing technological world, therefore, it is a core aspect of our computing curriculum. At Perrymount, we strive to teach all children the correct and safe use of computer, internet access and the technological world.
At Perrymount, computing is taught in both individual computing lessons and across other subject areas. The computing curriculum is delivered through out scheme of work iCompute. iCompute is fully mapped to the National Curriculum for both Key Stage 1 and 2 and is designed for mastery. The curriculum provides rich and varied learning experiences for our children throughout the school with progressive, stimulating, sequences of lesson from EYFS to Year 6. Each lesson in our scheme is individually planned so that it can be effectively taught using the infrastructure we have in place at Perrymount so that it meets the needs of our children and support teachers to develop the expertise and skills, which ensures the curriculum has impact. Our scheme is regularly updated to ensure that it is stays relevant and where appropriate meaningful links will be made between the computing curriculum and the wider curriculum. Employing cross-curricular links motivates pupils and supports them to make connections and remember the steps that they have been taught. In computing lessons, children will use chrome books, iPads and laptops in order to access a range of apps and software. Computing lessons focus on the curriculum skills of information technology, digital literacy and computer science.
Internet safety is taken extremely seriously at Perrymount and is embedded within out curriculum. Each year group participates in lessons on e-safety not only in computing but also as part of our PHSE curriculum. In response to child concerns we adapt this curriculum to meet the needs of our children if and when incidents occur within the wider community. Children understand how to stay safe when using technology and ‘Safer Internet Day’ is celebrated annually not only to address current issues but to continually raise and instil awareness of children’s and young people’s safety and wellbeing.